- 1/2 cup frozen dark cherries
- 1 banana (frozen)
- 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
- 1/2 apple chopped
- 1/4 cup cranberries (fresh)
- 1 Tbsp. almond butter
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup canned coconut milk
- 1 inch ginger frozen, chopped
- 1 inch turmeric frozen, chopped
- Blend well in a vitamix or good blender and enjoy cold!
This smoothie is all about its colorful, antioxidant-rich, immune-boosting fruit!
You’re welcome to mix it up here. The recipe calls for apples, raspberries, and cherries (in addition to the cranberries and banana, which are a must), but you could substitute blueberries, mango, or pineapple too. Remember that variety is key, all the colors introduce new antioxidant flavonoids like lycopenes (red), carotenoids (yellow/orange), luteins (green), and anthocyanins (purple) that can boost your immune system and help prevent cancer, balance your hormones, and protect your skin and brain from damage.
Another key ingredient in this smoothie is turmeric, a fabulous addition to our cognitive health. Turmeric reduces systemic inflammation and improves the conversion of plant-based omega-3s into DHA, thereby protecting our brains. Eating turmeric with black pepper and a healthy fat like almond or coconut milk, can improve its bioavailability, and can help keep you focused and sharp into the future.
Eating a diet rich in antioxidants is important in menopause. Antioxidants scavenge for tissue-damaging free radicals and neutralize them. This process helps reduce our LDL cholesterol, and protect our hearts, brains, and skin. Due to our lower levels of estrogen, we menopausal women experience a less effective antioxidant defense. If you’re having trouble finding ways to add in antioxidants, smoothies are a great way to do so.